Finding and Posting Job Announcements on the Web

Here are some places where you can find or post job announcements for technical writers and editors on the web. This list focuses on websites and discussion lists that reach audiences in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Does anyone have more resources to add to this list? Let me know and I'll add them to this list.

Networking, Virtual Networking, and LinkedIn

Updated by Cynthia A. Lockley, 17 July 2018

We all depend on professional and social Networking to form the relationships and to obtain the information that we need to survive socially and professionally. “Networking” and “Connections” are impersonal terms to use when describing a human activity that is as old as human society and the spoken word—such terms make us sound as if we are part of the Internet. Unfortunately, these terms have become a part of popular culture.

Recently, professional virtual networking, especially via the LinkedIn professional networking web site, has become popular among many of the active members of the Washington D.C. chapter.

LinkedIn is built around the assumption that each of us has a circle of trusted collaborators, colleagues and friends, and that each of them has their own circle, and so on. If each person in these concentric circles has an online resume, and the linkages between them is known, then you could, for instance, quickly identify someone who works at a company where you just interviewed, even though they’re a “friend of a friend.”

A basic LinkedIn membership is free, and creating a profile on LinkedIn is like posting your resume on Monster. You can create a basic profile for yourself in less than 30 minutes.

Hopefully, you can look past the mechanistic connotations of the terms “Networking” and “Connections” and use these resources to help you take advantage of the opportunities for meeting and interacting with your colleagues that professional virtual networking sites like LinkedIn offer.

Networking

“Networking for Job Search and Career Success”
L. Michelle Tullier, Ph.D. JIST Works, c. 2004

“Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Black Book of Connections: 6.5 Assets For Networking Your Way to RICH Relationships”
“Everyone wants to connect with someONE for someTHING or some reason. This book is about how to make value connections, not just acquaintances.”—Jeffrey Gitomer

“Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success” 2nd Edition
Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon. American Management Association c. 2007″
This is the definitive book on person-to-person networking. It’s a complete methodology, i.e., step-by-step “cookbook”, on how to network.”—The Business Ledger.

International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)
Social network analysts “. . . believe that how an individual lives depends in large part on how that individual is tied into the larger web of social connections. Many believe, moreover, that the success or failure of societies and organizations often depends on the patterning of their internal structure.”

Networking for Shy People

Networking for Nerds—HP.com Chief Architect on Using LinkedIn

Shyness Home Page sponsored by the Shyness Institute.

Shyness… Or Social Anxiety Disorder? from the SocialAnxiety Institute They are also on Twitter @SocAnxInst  New

Find Shyness and Social Anxiety Discussion Boards in Meetup.  Revised

Social Anxiety Disorder: More Than Just Shyness from The National Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center (NIH-NIMH)  New

Introduction To Virtual Networking

Expand Your Connections Through Online Networking by By Eileen Gunn
Computerworld | JAN 26, 2004  Revised

The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals OnLine
David Teten, Scott Allen, AMACOM/American Management Association c. 2005
This is an excellent book on virtual networking. It is available as a free Acrobat download or you can borrow it from your public library.

Book Review: The Virtual Handshake by John Stephen Veitch on Step by Step  Updated

Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
Duncan J. Watts, W.W. Norton & Company c. 2003

"What a small world – or is it?" Steven Poole is fascinated by Duncan J Watts' Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age—a book review  Revised

Thom Singer's Some Assembly Required Blog is a business development / networking blog with discussions about the importance of building a network, creating your professional brand, embracing marketing, and fine tuning sales skills.  Revised

How To Do Virtual Networking

Ten Steps to Dramatically Improve Your Network with Social Software From David Teten and Scott Allen

Sample Networking Correspondence  Updated

About LinkedIn

Getting Started With LinkedIn YouTube video  Updated

Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn Profile Extreme Makeover by Guy Kawasaki  Updated

LinkedIn and Privacy law: LinkedIn participates in the Data Protection Directive (DPD) – EU Safe Harbor Privacy Framework and is certified to meet the strict privacy guidelines of the European Union.
 Updated

As of 25 May 2018, the above Data Protection Directive was superseded by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

LinkedIn Etiquette—20 Do's and Don'ts  Revised

Scobleizer, a blog with lots of comments about LinkedIn

LinkedIn Intelligence Blog, an unofficial linkedIn resource.

My LinkedIn Power Forum, a discussion list with almost 6,000 members. "It is a networking and discussion group about building professional social media networks at ultimate “networker speed”. The operative word is speed, not carelessness. – Meaning, openness, not recklessness."

Job Searching with LinkedIn

How to Use LinkedIn for Job Searching  Revised

LinkedIn and Your Job Search  Revised

What are best practices for a LinkedIn job search?

Finding Virtual Jobs

125 Virtual Companies That Embrace Remote Working from Flex Jobs  New

About the Author

Hugh Owen's LinkedIn profile

Meetings: Who You Know Can Be As Important As What You Know

During my career as both a contract and a permanent Technical Writer, I have gotten much of the information that has led to my being hired because of my relationships with other technical writers. Notice that I did not say contacts, I said relationships, because most of those who gave me information about employers were people I had been acquainted with for a significant period of time. And, by maintaining relationships with technical writers and other professionals, I not only learned where to work, but where not to work.

An STC meeting provides one of the best opportunities to meet and get acquainted with an entire roomful of technical writers at a time. Yet despite the opportunities to meet technical writers, speakers and guests that STC meetings provide, only a relatively small percentage of STC members come to even one STC meeting a year. And some members do not make their e-mail or telephone number available to the rest of the membership. How can anyone be known to their peers when they choose to be almost invisible? And how can you be invisible and still be hired by a good employer? Do most STC members just want subscriptions to STC publications for their membership dollars?

Other members attend meetings only when unemployed, and then stop attending when a job opportunity presents itself. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get job leads and recommendations from people you have known for a short time. People feel comfortable recommending people they know, and the most desirable employers hire more than 50% of their employees through referrals.

While you are waiting for a good job opportunity to come along, meetings give you a chance to upgrade your skills by learning from your fellow writers and guest speakers, often while enjoying a good meal.

And how much do you pay for an STC meeting, you ask? Usually less than you would pay for a meal at a good restaurant. Local chapters often charge so little that they break even or lose money each time that they hold a meeting.

Networking is is the topic that I have been alluding to in this editorial. It is a social skill that we already use as we go about our daily activities, and it can improve our job prospects, our job security, and ensure our social survival. To learn more about networking, refer to the resources listed in Networking, Virtual Networking and LinkedIn.

This entry was adapted from my lead editorial in the September/October 2006 issue of the Baltimore STC’s Chesapeake Bayline.

About the Author

It’s the Last Impression That Counts

Anna Colton, a recruiter with HireStrategy and former technical writer and STC WDC member, shared her thoughts on the right way to quit a job in this 2007 blog entry from The Source.

Don’t have time to read the whole thing right now? Here are some of her words of wisdom that she expands on in the piece. I took the liberty of changing the original capitalization (since these are headings) to create this list.

  • Do resign in person. To your direct supervisor.
  • Don’t resign via e-mail.
  • Don’t be a jerk.
  • Do thank your boss.
  • Do create a resignation letter for your file.
  • Do expect, but don’t accept, a counter-offer.
  • Do develop a transition plan.
  • Do name a successor, if appropriate.
  • Don’t expect your boss to throw a party.

[Editor’s Note: A 2012 update is available in Career Resources: How to leave your job on a positive note.]